Rennie: SNP Government must ease pressures on local authorities


Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today urged the Scottish Government to ease financial pressure on local authorities, after the local government auditor warned councils face a “complex range of challenges” and continued financial pressures.

Graham Sharp, chair of the Accounts Commission, said “the pressure on them [councils] - and the key services we all rely on - shows no signs of easing."

Responding to the report, Mr Rennie said:

“This is a stark warning about the real challenges all our local services face.

“Councils have been hiking up council tax and that’s because they don’t have enough to get by. We rely on our councils for schools, quality roads, care homes and waste management. The impact of the SNP’s harsh cuts are most clearly seen here.

“The Scottish Government has a duty to ease the pressure on struggling local authorities. Ministers must provide them with the funding and economic levers necessary to properly tackle local priorities.”


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